Bihar polls: Don't need tantrik, democracy will save Bihar, says PM Modi

Blames Nitish and Lalu for single-handedly trampling Bihar's development

Nalanda: Pitching on the BJP’s agenda of development in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the poll-bound state needs ‘democracy’ and not a ‘tantrik’ for its salvation.

PM Narendra Modi
All guns blazing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Hajipur yesterday. Pic/PTI

“We all know what the election results are going to be on the [November] 8. Everyone knows what will happen. But does ‘tantrik’ Nitish have any idea what he will do once he loses? This atmosphere that I am seeing right now is ripe and an indication towards the defeat of Lalu, Nitish and Sonia. The wrongdoers will be punished,” he said while addressing an election rally.

Modi asserted that the BJP was fighting the elections not to defeat anyone, but only for the development of Bihar and its people. He had earlier addressed a rally in Chhapra where he lashed out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, saying the ‘brothers’ were single-handedly responsible for trampling Bihar’s development and warned them that their ‘days are over’.

Two of the five phases of polling in Bihar have been concluded and the remaining three phases will be held on October 28, November 1 and 5. Counting will be done on November 8.

Nitish accuses PM of 'tactical silence'
Patna: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged failure to deliver on his election promises, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the PM had made “tactical silence” as a weapon of choice which is in stark contrast to his ‘unmatched theatrics and rhetoric by using unsubstantiated facts’. 

“Modiji was always unmatched in theatrics, rhetoric and using unsubstantiated facts. Now tactical silence is his new weapon of choice,” Nitish said in a series of tweets ahead of Modi’s rallies in Bihar yesterday.

“The saga continues, so let us brace ourselves for a repeat performance in Bihar,” he said. Nitish even questioned Modi’s silence on promises like bringing back black money from abroad, hike in MSP for farmers, jobs for youths, special status for Bihar among others and charged the PM with conveniently forgetting all those promises.

‘Kept out thanks to insecure leaders’
Patna: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha lashed out yesterday at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for sidelining him in the run up to the Bihar Assembly polls and said that he was not campaigning in the state due to the insecure local leaders who have fed matter of convenience stories to the top brass.

Shatrughan Sinha

The Patna Sahib MP, who was once a star campaigner for the BJP, in a series of tweets said that he had preferred to stay out of the election campaigns this time because of the insecure local leaders.

“My party workers, friends, supporters and well-wishers wonder why I am not seen on the campaign trail... I assure them it is not by choice, been kept out thanks to insecure local leaders who we know very well... who have fed matter of convenience stories to the party leaders,” Sinha tweeted.

“Not a question of Bihari vs Bahari..but of how your own Bihari (Babu) has been treated by own people for no fault.”

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